Pratt Nature Center's Happy Hour Book Club
Strengthening your connection to the natural world can leave you smarter, happier and healthier.
October's Book Selection
August’s Title: The Fate of Food by Dr. Aysha Akhtar
August Meeting: Wednesday, 10/30 @ 6:00 pm
From the publisher:
Climate models show that global crop production will decline every decade for the rest of this century due to drought, heat, and flooding. Water supplies are in jeopardy. Meanwhile, the world’s population is expected to grow another 30 percent by midcentury. So how, really, will we feed nine billion people sustainably in the coming decades?
Amanda Little, a professor at Vanderbilt University and an award-winning journalist, spent three years traveling through a dozen countries and as many U.S. states in search of answers to this question. Her journey took her from an apple orchard in Wisconsin to a remote control organic farm in Shanghai, from Norwegian fish farms to famine-stricken regions of Ethiopia.
The race to reinvent the global food system is on, and the challenge is twofold: We must solve the existing problems of industrial agriculture while also preparing for the pressures ahead. Through her interviews and adventures with farmers, scientists, activists, and engineers, Little tells the fascinating story of human innovation and explores new and old approaches to food production while charting the growth of a movement that could redefine sustainable food on a grand scale. She meets small permaculture farmers and “Big Food” executives, botanists studying ancient superfoods and Kenyan farmers growing the country’s first GMO corn. She travels to places that might seem irrelevant to the future of food yet surprisingly play a critical role—a California sewage plant, a U.S. Army research lab, even the inside of a monsoon cloud above Mumbai. Little asks tough questions: Can GMOs actually be good for the environment—and for us? Are we facing the end of animal meat? What will it take to eliminate harmful chemicals from farming? How can a clean, climate-resilient food supply become accessible to all?
This won't be your average book club.
Join us on the last Wednesday of the month from 6:00 – 7:00ish for a lively conversation sure to make you think and maybe even inspire. Each month’s book will help shine some light on all the different ways we connect to the natural world. From hiking to wellness to farming, physics, plants and who knows what else, there will be something for everyone. And if a particular title isn’t for you, don’t worry about it. We’ll see you for the next one!
It wouldn’t be Happy Hour without food and drink, though. Each meeting is BYOB but we’ll provide some light snacks.
But that’s not all. Each month, we’ll also send out links to optional podcasts, articles and videos that compliment our book choice to give you even more to consider. When we can, we’ll also feature guest speakers that will help frame our reading within a local perspective.
Come treat yourself to an hour of great ideas and conversation!
Happy Hour Book Club is a free program intended for adults. A suggested $5 donation is appreciated when attending meetings to help cover the cost of delicious snacks
I’ve registered but where do I get the book?
The Bank Street Book Nook, our local, independent book store here in New Milford, is a great resource as well as with the amazing New Milford Public Library. If you’re having trouble finding the book, just let us know and we’ll see how we can help.
Wondering what we’ve read? Want to catch up?
February: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery
March: Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
April: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
May: Farmacology by Daphne Miller, M.D.
June: Storm in a Teacup by Helen Czerski
July: Slime by Ruth Kassinger
August/September: Our Symphony with Animals by Dr. Aysha Akhtar